HMCS Lunenberg

There has been only one vessel named Lunenburg in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Lunenburg (K151)

Commissioned on December 4, 1941, at Québec City, Quebec, the Flower Class corvette Lunenburg arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on December 13 and after working up did escort duty between Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. In July 1942, she was transferred to Halifax Force as escort to Québec City-Hamilton Inlet (Labrador) convoys. She arrived at Sydney, Nova Scotia, on August 31 to join Gulf Escort Force, but 2 weeks later was detached for Operation TORCH duties. Arriving at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on September 27, she proceeded to Liverpool, England, for extra anti-aircraft armament and in November began a 4-month stint escorting convoys between the United Kingdom and the Mediterranean. At the end of March 1943, she returned to Liverpool for a major refit, including forecastle extension, completing on August 17. After a brief sojourn in Canadian waters she was assigned to Escort Group 6, Western Approaches Command, arriving at Plymouth, England, late in November. For the next 5 months she operated in support of convoys between the United Kingdom and Gibraltar, and between Londonderry and other United Kingdom ports, as well as patrolling the Northwestern Approaches from her Londonderry base. When frigates replaced the group’s corvettes in April 1944, Lunenburg went to Western Approaches Command, based at Portsmouth, England, for invasion duties. For the next 5 months she was employed primarily in the English Channel. She left Londonderry on September 23 for a refit begun at Saint John, New Brunswick, but completed at Halifax in mid-January 1945. Following workups in Bermuda she returned to the United Kingdom to serve with Plymouth Command until the end of the war. In May 1945, she visited St. Helier during the reoccupation of the Channel Islands. Lunenburg left Greenock, Scotland in mid-June for Halifax, was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, on July 23, and broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1946.

  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, six 20-mm guns (6 x I), one Hedgehog mortar, depth charges

Battle honours

  • Gulf of St. Lawrence 1942
  • North Africa 1942-1943
  • Atlantic 1942-1945
  • Normandy 1944
  • English Channel 1944

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